Mice are fascinating little creatures. They are short-lived (average 2 years) but pack into that life a lot of fun. They are simple to keep - a chew-proof tank or mouse cage, a little bedding, food and water and a few toys is all that's needed. The cardboard tubes from toilet rolls make ideal chew-safe tunnels for your pets to play in.
Mice are sociable animals and should be kept in same-sex family groups. Although there is a distict smell you can keep this to a minimum by cleaning them out regularly. Male mice smell worse than females.
Feeding your mice
Mice will eat just about anything, but to keep them healthy you need a complete mouse food (from pet shops) along with small amounts of fruit and veg every few days. They also love peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, suet and the occasional dried mealworm.
Let your new friends get used to being handled by taking time to first put your hand in the tank for them to sniff. Gradually get them used to being held WITHIN the cage first. Restrain nervous mice by holding the root of the tail (the part nearest the body), and do not let your mouse drop from a great height.